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Public Health Rep. 2000 Mar-Jun;115(2-3):151-6.

Healthy communities must also be sustainable communities.

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thancock@on.aibn.com

Abstract

The author contends that healthy communities must be both environmentally and socially sustainable, given that health depends on the quality of the built and natural environments, and that global change resulting from the industrial economy is affecting the web of life. He argues that suburban sprawl wastes scarce resources and disproportionately places those resources in the hands of suburban dwellers. Urban areas can be made more environmentally sustainable, especially with respect to energy consumption, which will help reduce air pollution and climate change and contribute in other ways to improved health.

PMID:
10968747
PMCID:
PMC1308704
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